Hablando Español

Tampa’s Cigar City roots hearken back to Havana. A significant part of our proud, pluralistic DNA is Latino. Good for Mayor Jane Castor for making the effort to find more ways to make Tampa, which is more than a quarter Hispanic, more welcoming to Spanish speakers. It started with a Spanish translation of the city’s website so newcomers could more easily learn about city services. It’s also noteworthy that the mayor is on familiar terms with the local Univisión and Telemundo channels. She has an Hispanic Advisory Council and her partner, Ana Cruz, is Hispanic with deep ties in the community. But there is, somewhat ironically, another diversity box still unchecked. No one–nadie–on Castor’s office staff is fluent in Spanish.

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